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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

SAPR Source

Welcome to SAPR Source!

SAPR Source is an authoritative, one-stop shop for SARCs, SAPR VAs, and other SAPR professionals to access timely updates on victim assistance and prevention efforts, activities and events, tools and guidance, and important program and policy updates. SAPR Source is updated monthly or as-needed with key information and resources.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

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    What’s New?

    • Now live! The SAAPM Special Report webpage is now available on Defense.gov. This is a dynamic public-facing page that highlights SAAPM activities across DoD and the Services throughout April. Featured prominently is the joint SAAPM PSA "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission".

    • Get Involved!: April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). There are many events going on around the country, especially in the National Capital Region. Check with your local bases and installations to attend or register for events. For more information and resources from DoD SAPRO, navigate to our SAAPM pages on sapr.mil and defense.gov.

    • New! Safe Helpline SAAPM Resources: To support SARC and SAPR VA efforts during SAAPM, Safe Helpline has a variety of resources to add to your existing cache of information on sexual assault and harassment and to aid in activities during this month
      • Safe Helpline Printed Outreach Materials: available for order here: https://shop.safehelpline.org
      • Safe Helpline Outreach Toolkit: Materials include frequently asked questions (FAQa), ways to talk about Safe Helpline with your community, and DoD SAPRO approved content to share on social media. Sharing the Safe Helpline FAQs with leadership on your base or installation can also be an easy way to help familiarize what Safe Helpline has to offer them and their units. Download the Outreach Toolkit here!

    • National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resources: The DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime has developed a Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) and webinar for organizations that work with people who have experienced trauma. Navigate here to learn more.

    • New! Two Self-Paced Safe Helpline Courses: DoD Safe Helpline is offering two new anonymous, self-paced, online programs called How to Support a Survivor and Safe Helpline 101. These resources were specifically designed to complement the work you all are doing to support survivors in the field everyday. Both programs can be accessed 24/7 and have been approved for 1 D-SAACP CEU. You can check out these new resources on SafeHelpline.org or through the Safe Helpline app.

    • Register for Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships Trainings: DoD and the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime are offering four trainings in 2018. Please use the event links below to register!
      • Register here by March 20 for the April 3 training in Salem, OR
      • Register here by April 12 for the April 26 training in Klamath Falls, OR
      • Register here by April 24 for the May 8 training at JBLM
      • Register here by May 2 for the May 16 training at Mansfield, OH
      • Register here by May 2 for the May 30 training at Kitsap Naval Base, WA

    • New! D-SAACP Slick Sheet: SAPRO has developed a fact sheet that gives a brief overview of the D-SAACP program and credentialing process to showcase the professional standards of our SAPR personnel. This is a great tool to use with those not familiar with the D-SAACP program, from commanders to the general public. You can access this new tool here.

    • Exceptional SARC Award Nominations Due April 5th: Nominations are open to submit the name of a military or civilian SARC from each Service, National Guard, and Coast Guard that you would like to recognize for particularly noteworthy work and demonstration of outstanding service in support of our Service members. More details on the guidelines and submission instructions can be found here. Please note, the deadline for submissions in April 5th.

    • We Want Your Feedback!: DoD SAPRO is in the process of planning the pre-conference 2018 NOVA Training Event and would like to know more about your SARC and SAPR VA experience. What did you like from last year’s training? What skills do you want more training on? What topics would you like to learn more about this year? Use the “Share Feedback” tab on SAPR Source to connect with us.

    • Register for 2018 EVAWI International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Gender Bias: This year’s conference will run from April 3 - 5 at the Hilton Chicago. Topics will focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse, highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities. Register here by March 2nd and save $50 off the full conference fee.

    • Save the Date! 2018 NOVA Training Event: This year’s training event will be in Jacksonville, FL from August 20 - 23. Mark your calendars and check back here soon for more information about registration and programming.

    • 2018 SAAPM Theme Announced: DoD SAPRO will continue with the theme "Protecting Our People Protects Our Mission." This allows us to continue our messaging that, regardless of rank, grade, or job specialty, we all can take action to "protect our people." The theme's tie to "protecting our mission" supports the Department's priorities to enhance our readiness and lethality. To read more about SAAPM from DoD SAPRO Director RADM Ann Burkhardt, click here.
    • New! Two Sexual Assault Fact Sheets: SAPRO is changing the way it talks about common sexual assault “myths”. Research has shown that mentioning a myth does more to reinforce it as true than debunk it as false. As a best practice, SAPR personnel should stick to Just the Facts. View our refreshed Just the Facts Information Paper here and Facts about Sexual Assault Perpetrated Against Men here.

    • Shout Out to the Services!: RADM Burkhardt and the SAPRO Assessment Team would like to thank all of the SAPR Personnel who work to input data into the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). SAPRO saw the highest quality of FY17 Annual Report data in the history of DSAID thanks to the Services’ attention to detail.

    • Request a Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships Training: SAPRO collaborates with U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to provide local, interactive, 1-day training events for the civilian and military community. This is an opportunity for the military and civilian victim communities to learn about each other’s SAPR efforts. For more information on how to request a training, navigate to OVC’s webpage here and check out OVC’s flyer here. Check back for 2018 dates!

        2018 Dates
      • 3 APR: Salem, OR
      • 8 MAY: JBLM
      • 30 MAY: Kitsap Naval Base, WA
      • 16 MAY: Mansfield, OH
    • New! - Know Your Rights, Know Your Options Slick Sheet:Do you need more tools to help at initial intake with survivors? DoD SAPRO developed the Know Your Rights, Know Your Options slick sheet to give survivors more information about their legal rights and policy protections. SARCs and SAPR VAs can share this tool at any time throughout the reporting process to shed more light on the way forward or highlight certain protections.

    • Now Available - Self-Serve Ethics Presentation:You asked and we heard! DoD SAPRO added an ethics presentation specific to victim advocacy to the “Tools and Resources” tab. SARCs can use this resource to train SAPR personnel on important ethics considerations. This presentation was given by our Senior Victim Assistance Advisor at USARPAC this summer and has been adapted to fit a broader audience. For all questions and clarifications, please refer to the “Notes” sections of each slide. Note: presenters are not able to receive CEU credits for giving this presentation; however, audience members are able to receive two CEU credits to certify the ethics requirement.

    • Updated D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions: Read through the D-SAACP Frequently Asked Questions to find updated material consistent with changes to the DoDI 6495.03 in the "Tools and Resources" tab.

    • Now Available – NOVA Presentations and RADM Ann Burkhardt’s Speech: Did you miss last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event? Check out four of the presentations delivered by SAPRO and read RADM Burkhardt’s opening address. Click on the links below to download today! RADM Ann Burkhardt’s opening address delivered at NOVA’s 43rd Annual Training Event DoD Safe Helpline – The First Step on the Path to Reporting and Accessing Services Sexual Assault Reporting and Retaliation DoD’s Approach to Prevention Responding to Male Sexual Assault: State of the Science Professionalizing Victim Advocacy

      What's New Archives

      • “Tools and Resources” Spotlight: Safety Assessment Tool: SAPR personnel and first responders can use the Safety Assessment Tool when deciding whether a survivor is likely to be in imminent danger (i.e., high risk of harm) that requires rapid and assertive action from law enforcement and healthcare providers. Through open-ended questions, SAPR personnel can assess if survivors pose a risk of harm to one's self or others and what safety planning and protection interventions may be needed. If using this tool, SAPR personnel should explain the purpose of the assessment to survivors; carefully read each item and the concluding statement to the survivor and ensure that all written responses are clear and readable; and tell survivors that their responses are voluntary and confidential. Learn more about the Safety Assessment Tool and the Policy Toolkit at sapr.mil.

      • Reminder! D-SAACP Deadline Coming Up: Don’t forget to submit your renewal applications by January 31st. Visit NOVA’s website to learn more!

      • Check out SAPR Connect: Do you know about SAPR Connect, the Department's only virtual Community of Practice (CoP) dedicated to sexual assault prevention? SAPR Connect is located on milSuite, the DoD's CAC-enabled and secure social media site.

        To join today:

        • New to milSuite? Contact Ms. Josephine C. Montoya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get information on how to register using your CAC.
        • Have a milSuite account? Simply search for "DoD SAPR Connect" on milBook to request membership.
      • Now Available – FY16 Annual Report Fact Sheet: Find the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Annual Report Fact Sheet under the “Tools & Resources” tab on SAPR Source. This overview provides key highlights and statistics from the DoD FY16 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military and 2016 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Active Duty Members (WGRA), including top line results and the Department’s way forward.

      • New SAPRO Director: RADM Ann M. Burkhardt was appointed Director, DoD SAPRO on 5 April 2017. Check out her official bio here.

      • Honoring Exceptional SARCs: Congratulations to the six 2017 Exceptional SARC Award recipients recognized in April! Read the article here.

      • New Support for Male Survivors: As of May 14, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline hosts Safe HelpRoom sessions for military men every Sunday from 1300-1500 EST. These sessions provide men with a confidential and anonymous space to connect and share their experiences with other survivors. Download the flyer here.

      • New Safe Helpline Resource: As of June 12, 2017, the DoD Safe Helpline offers a new anonymous, self-paced, online program called Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault. This resource is specially designed to help restore resiliency in cadets, midshipmen, and other Service members who may have been victims of sexual assault or abuse prior to entering military service. To explore this new 24/7 resource for survivors, check it out on SafeHelpline.org or the Safe Helpline app. The course has been approved for 1 D-SAACP CEU.

      • Thank You, Military Monday Morning Attendees! DoD SAPRO hosted nearly 600 members of the DoD SAPR Community at Military Monday Morning, a pre-conference event at last month’s National Organization for Victim Assistance Training Event in San Diego, CA. THANK YOU for your overwhelming participation, questions, and insights from the field. Your feedback will help inform program enhancements as we continue to work together to address military sexual assault.

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    The Department is committed to being a national leader in preventing and responding to sexual assault.

    DoD and each of the military Services have issued policy to assure compliance with our mission and the rule of military law. DoD Directive 6495.01 establishes the broad policy parameters of the SAPR Program for the Department.

    Check out the Policy webpage on SAPR.mil for information and resources on SAPR policy.

    Summaries

    Want to better understand SAPR policy? Download the Policy Summaries regarding Victim Transfer Processes and Cases Investigated by Civilian Law Enforcement.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    FAQs

    Is a dependent victim (17 or younger) sexually assaulted by a non-family member or non-custodial perpetrator, covered by SAPR policy? (Ex: 15-year-old dependent sexually assaulted by a neighbor or a 15-year-old classmate)

    No. Per DoDI 6495.02, Applicability (a)(3) only military dependents 18 and older who are eligible for treatment in the Military Health System, and who were victims of sexual assault perpetrated by someone other than a spouse or intimate partner are covered under the SAPR program. The SARC will refer to the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). While FAP covers children who are sexually assaulted by a parent of caregiver, per DoDI 6400.01, Family Advocacy Program, February 13, 2015, page 2, subsection "e", It is policy to "[p]rovide appropriate resource and referral information to persons who are not covered by this instruction, who are victims of alleged child abuse or domestic abuse."

    Does the Case Management Group (CMG) Chair have to be a military member?

    Yes. Per DoDI 6495.02, the intent that the CMG Chair be a military member is expressed in the use of the language "installation commander" or "deputy installation commander" as having the responsibility to chair the CMG. The DoDI 6495.02 use of the "installation commander or deputy installation commander" stands on the assumption that these billets are occupied by military members.

    However, the DoDI 6495.02 recognizes there are instances where the billet of “Chief of Staff” serves as the “deputy installation commander” and that the Chief of Staff may be a civilian. In the latter situation, if the Chief of Staff possesses the requisite authorities associated with the billet, then they are in compliance with the DoDI 6495.02 intent. Looking at it from a policy perspective, the most important variable is the ability for the CMG Chair to direct, through authority, the "action" of stakeholders in those instances a victim of sexual assault is not getting the care/support they need.

    Does DoD SAPRO decide which SARC has access to DSAID?

    No. Access into DSAID is determined at the Service SAPR Headquarter level per the Service SAPR policy. Inquiries regarding access to DSAID should be directed to the Service SAPR Headquarters.

    Does the CMG automatically transfer when a victim is granted an Expedited Transfer?

    No. Whether or not the CMG transfers in an Expedited Transfer depends on two variables. First, the victim receiving the Expedited Transfer must elect to continue to receive the SAPR advocacy services of a SARC or SAPR VA at the new installation. Second, there is an ongoing criminal investigation and legal proceeding at the prior installation.

    • If the victim wants continued advocacy services, then the CMG generally transfers with the victim, unless there is a special reason to keep the CMG at the original location.
    • If the victim declines ongoing advocacy, but the criminal case is ongoing, then the CMG remains at the original location.
    • If there are no continuing advocacy services requested and the criminal case is closed, then there are no further CMGs.
  • CEU Credits Event Date Time Location
    Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault (Online Program) Self-paced N/A SafeHelpline.org
    How to Support A Survivor (Online Program) Self-paced N/A SafeHelpline.org
    Safe Helpline 101 Self-paced N/A SafeHelpline.org
    Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Self-paced N/A Elearning.DEOMI.org
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 15-April-2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 21-April-2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom
    DoD Safe HelpRoom Male Survivor Session 29-April-2018 1300-1500 Safe HelpRoom

    This symbol denotes events that offer continuing education unit (CEU) hours that can be used for renewing your DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) credentials.

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